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Universities & Colleges in Idaho
Despite a huge geographical area, Idaho houses just about 25 universities and colleges in all. Boise is not just the capital of the state but is also the largest metropolitan city and boasts the BSU or the popular Boise State University, which has garnered national acknowledgement in the last few years for its remarkably blue colored football field. Idaho has many 4-yr universities where pupils can pursue their bachelors, masters and various other degree courses and certificate programs.
The population of Idaho last year, i.e. in 2011 was nearly 1,584,985. Winters is not a popular time to visit this state, well except if you want to indulge in some snow sports and skiing. Fall is a great period for traveling to Idaho as the weather around this time is mild plus the holidaying crowd is scarce.
Most universities and colleges operate semester or quarter schedules with terms starting from fall, which runs from September until December, while the spring term semester starts from January and goes on till May. You can complete your bachelor's degree in 4 - 5 years, while completing a master's degree normally takes 2 - 3 years.
The economy of the state is mostly based on food processing, agriculture, manufacturing, lumbering, tourism and mining. Most of the big public universities and colleges here will assist their pupils with finding work and may also offer internships or opportunities for work-study.
At the Idaho State University, for example, the tuition fee for the year 2011-2012 for the residents of the state was $2,898 for each semester, apart from other various expenses while the tuition fee for non-residents was $8,516 per semester plus additional expenses.
Top Jobs in Idaho
The healthcare, Food Service/Dining and Sales are the sectors that hire many people.
Cost of Living
On the basis of average utilities cost, health care, housing costs, groceries, transportation and various other services, the cost of living of Idaho is the 2nd lowest of the eleven western states.
More than two thousand foreign pupils study at Idaho universities and colleges. For most of the colleges in Idaho, for an international student to get an admission, he/she must submit these: Letter of Recommendation, Application for Admission (along with an Essay), Official Transcripts of your High School, Results of Official Standardized Tests, as well as the Finances Form Verification. Students can demonstrate their competence by submitting their IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL sores (Test of English as a Foreign Language). All the international pupils whose 1st language is English need to submit their SAT or their ACT test result.
The quality of life and education in Idaho will give all students seeking their higher studies here an excellent exposure to the best of work ambiance and studies, thus helping them grasp the right knowledge with ample employment opportunities.